Lee Anderson has confronted widespread criticism this week after suggesting some individuals use meals banks as a result of they can not cook dinner. However the defiant Ashfield MP is refusing to again down regardless of the backlash over his remarks.
Writing within the Sunday Specific, Mr Anderson mentioned: “I make no apologies for making an attempt to assist individuals fend for themselves by serving to them study the abilities they want.
“I additionally is not going to take any lectures from these on the Left accusing me of being out of contact.
“I used to be introduced up in a mining household. My dad labored down the pit seven days every week and took up further work placing roofs on individuals’s houses within the night.
“We had chickens in the back of my backyard and greens rising to assist complement my father or mother’s wages.
“I additionally was a single father or mother to 2 boys for 17 years.
“I do know what it’s wish to battle to place meals on the desk and make ends meet.”
The previous Labour councillor got here beneath fireplace for his remarks within the Commons on Wednesday as he mentioned a meals financial institution in his Nottinghamshire constituency which additionally gives cooking and budgeting classes.
However Mr Anderson accused left-wing critics of “inferring all types of unfaithful assumptions about my feedback”.
The ex-coal miner additionally claimed Labour MPs have snubbed his invitation to go to his native meals financial institution.
Mr Anderson mentioned: “I by no means mentioned that poor individuals can not cook dinner or there isn’t any want for meals banks. This actually isn’t one thing I consider both.
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Mr Anderson made his controversial feedback throughout the Queen’s Speech debate in response to a Labour MP who requested if meals banks ought to nonetheless be wanted within the UK this present day.
The Ashfield MP replied: “He makes an awesome level and that is precisely my level.
“Come to Ashfield and work with me for a day in my meals financial institution to see the sensible scheme we have got in place the place when individuals come for a meals parcel they must register for a budgeting course and a cooking course.
“We present them the right way to cook dinner low cost and nutritious meals, on a price range the place you may make a meal for about 30p a day, and that is cooking from scratch.
“So, I invite you personally to come back to Ashfield, take a look at our meals financial institution, the way it works and I feel you will notice first-hand that there’s not this huge use for meals banks on this nation however era after era who can not cook dinner correctly, they’ll’t cook dinner a meal from scratch, they can not price range.”